8 Tips for Taking Memorable Disney Theme Park Photos

March 26, 2013

in Photography Tips, Photography Tutorials

8 Tips for Taking Memorable Disney Theme Park Photos by Jenna Henderson for iHeartFaces.com

Disney Theme Parks are those special places that just needs to be captured in photos! I have been so fortunate in that I get the chance to visit Disneyland often. I talk with people about their special Disneyland memories, and photograph them being happy at the Happiest Place on Earth.

I’ve learned a few tips and tricks along the way, and am excited to share them so you can capture memories of your loved ones that will last a lifetime.

1. Look for Landmarks

You know that ride that your family runs to the second the park opens? Instead of taking a photo on the ride, find a memorable sign or land mark outside of the attraction, and strike an awesome pose.
8 Tips for Taking Memorable Disney Theme Park Photos by Jenna Henderson for iHeartFaces.com

2. Anticipate Magical Moments

If you see Mickey or Minnie heading your way in a parade, instead of pointing the camera at the characters, turn the camera towards your kiddos and capture their expressions!
8 Tips for Taking Memorable Disney Theme Park Photos by Jenna Henderson for iHeartFaces.com

3. Food Is Special

There’s something about food that brings us together. So many times I’ve had couples tell me that they had a churro/dole whip/ice cream cone on their first date, and wanted me to photograph them with their favorite foods. If your family has a treat that is special to you, snap a cute photo before you take a bite because mid-bite doesn’t always make for the most appetizing photos. 😉
8 Tips for Taking Memorable Disney Theme Park Photos by Jenna Henderson for iHeartFaces.com

4. My Favorite Lens Might Surprise You

The lens I can’t live without when I’m doing engagement shoots at the park, is my wide angle zoom lens (Canon EF 16-35mm 2.8L II to be exact). This lens is my favorite for theme parks because I can be sitting right next to a couple on an attraction, and still get an amazing shot. It’s also great for taking photos of parades, large buildings like the Tower of Terror, and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
8 Tips for Taking Memorable Disney Theme Park Photos by Jenna Henderson for iHeartFaces.com

5. Utilize Theme Park Lighting

Theme parks are great because they have some really cool lighting set-ups that you would not find anywhere else. Look for pin lighting or spotlights in darker areas or at night, and face towards the direction of the light. It can make for some pretty spectacular images.
8 Tips for Taking Memorable Disney Theme Park Photos by Jenna Henderson for iHeartFaces.com
8 Tips for Taking Memorable Disney Theme Park Photos by Jenna Henderson for iHeartFaces.com

6. Run Your Shutter

When I’m on rides, I’ll often set my shutter so that I can take multiple photos in a row. This helps me capture some really fun expressions and laughs that you might miss if you’re snapping one photo at a time.
8 Tips for Taking Memorable Disney Theme Park Photos by Jenna Henderson for iHeartFaces.com

7. Slow Down

Since we’re on the subject of shutters…slow that shutter down. Theme parks can be crowded, so why fight it? Adjust your settings for a slower shutter speed, raise your f-stop, and have your subject hold really still. Use the crowds to your advantage and get a great shot while you’re at it!
8 Tips for Taking Memorable Disney Theme Park Photos by Jenna Henderson for iHeartFaces.com

8. Make it Silly

My final advice, is that theme parks are fun. Go with it and get some silly photos, because I can’t think of a better place for acting like a kid than the Happiest Place on Earth.

8 Tips for Taking Memorable Disney Theme Park Photos by Jenna Henderson for iHeartFaces.com

Jenna HendersonJenna Henderson, owner of the White Rabbit Photo Boutique, is a wedding photographer and preferred vendor for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. When she isn’t photographing fairy tales at the Happiest Place on Earth, she is living out her own real life fairy tale with her supportive husband and sweet son. You can read about her family on her personal blog: This Little Blog of Mine, or see the latest photos from her Disney Adventures on her photography Facebook page, blog, or website.

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Virginia Smith April 1, 2013

We love Disneyland! It’s great to see tips on getting better images. Because of family photos and videos we’ve made of ourselves, a family from Canada asked us to create a stop motion and photography of their recent trip to Disneyland. We spent an afternoon with them and made this… https://vimeo.com/62634927

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Amanda Jillian March 28, 2013

I really love the crowds with the slow shutter speed I wouldn’t have thought of that.

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Jenny March 28, 2013

LOVE the very tippy top image 😀

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Cindy Hopper March 26, 2013

These tips are amazing! I love the ideas and it will really help me visiting almost any park.

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Kristal March 26, 2013

To be a photographer at Disney… amazing! Love your tips!

{the link to her website is not correct…}

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Melinda March 26, 2013

I am going to LOVE this series!! Great tips!!

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Christina Elenbaas March 26, 2013

Thank you for the awesome tips! My husband and I are going to Disney soon and will definetly keep these in mind :)

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Heather March 26, 2013

How fun! Love this. We are going to Lego land next week. Was thinking of leaving the big camera behind, but she is coming for sure now. Not as exciting as Disney but a good place to practice. Thank you!

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